A bill that would have required Williamsburg, James City County and York County to cough up 10% of their shares of the Historic Triangle sales tax revenue is no more.
The Senate finance and appropriations committee voted unanimously to kill the proposed legislation Wednesday on bill patron Sen. Thomas K. Norment’s request
Localities would get a smaller cut of the Historic Triangle sales tax should a bill intended to help fund a regional sports complex become law. The legislation would require Williamsburg, James City County and York County each give up 10% of their shares of the tax revenue to the project.
Senate Bill 254, introduced by Sen. Thomas K. Norment, R-James City, would amend the 2018 session’s SB 942 to require localities fork over some of their share of the 1% sales tax surcharge the 2018 legislation created when it became law.
Sens. Tommy Norment and Monty Mason mounted a vigorous defense of the Historic Triangle sales tax increase levied to generate funds for tourism marketing at a pre-legislative session forum that brought together most of the Williamsburg area’s General Assembly delegation Friday.
Republicans are not likely to force a vote on empty judgeships — including a seat on the Virginia Court of Appeals — before they lose control of the General Assembly.
Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, and other Republican leaders say they see no way for the current assembly to meet to elect judges without bipartisan and bicameral agreement, even though three special legislative sessions have not been formally adjourned.
State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, is planning to break off from the Senate Republican Caucus due to dissatisfaction with caucus leaders.
Chase first voiced her concerns in a Facebook post late Thursday after a caucus meeting in which Senate Republicans re-elected Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City, as their leader.
For the incumbent in the state Senate district anchored in the Historic Triangle, Thomas K. Norment Jr., the issue in this year’s election is which party controls the chamber. For his opponent, the issue is Norment himself.
The challenger, former New Kent County treasurer Herb Jones, says Norment, R-James City County, is too beholden to special interests and has used his elected position to enrich himself.
For most local candidates in the House of Delegates 93rd and 96th Districts and the Senate 3rd District, the expansion of Medicaid is here to stay, they acknowledged.
The Williamsburg area’s General Assembly representatives all will be in attendance Tuesday morning to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in Jamestown. ... Local Democratic representatives Sen. Monty Mason and Del. Mike Mullin both confirmed that they plan to be in attendance for the ceremony, along with Republican State Sen. Majority Leader Tommy Norment and Del. Brenda Pogge.
Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, at one time the highest-paid adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary, is no longer teaching at the school.
University spokesman Brian Whitson said it was university practice not to discuss details of personnel decisions.
Senate Republican Majority Leader Tommy Norment caused a stir in the Virginia Capitol on Monday after he filed a bill that would ban the public from bringing guns into local government buildings, something gun rights groups strongly oppose.
By Tuesday afternoon, Norment, of James City County, announced through an aide that he would strike the bill.